Where Have All Our Waists Gone? A look at Pre-Fall 2015

As Fashion Week looms in the not-so-far distance, I'd like to take a good look at pre-fall fashion. Fashion is one of the only fields that requires its employees to do the impossible. This isn't just hyperbolic--off of the top of my head I can only think off one more profession that needs this element, stock broking. Designers have to be able to predict the future. Specifically, they need to be able to predict the state of mind its wearers will be in during the coming season. We see Spring 2015 with its Oriental-esque wrap belts that Katherine Bernard of Vogue very fittingly relates to karate. She opens her article by stating that it's the "ultimate in power dressing" and it prompts the idea that women will need to assert their power very soon. If Spring 2015 is the offensive play, then Fall 2015 is most certainly the defensive. 

Let's look carefully. In Public School (a brand already known for its lines and structure) they offer a really beautiful marbled sweater and a long high-low top (a comeback so soon?) in a contrasting print. The sweater seems to double as a skirt with a drop waist, but virtually no waist of its own. Obviously on varying body types this changes. However, I like to keep in mind that these photographs are taken with liberty from the designers and their own associates, whose goal is to express the designers' wishes. Everything from the model to the ladder was chosen for a reason. And as easily as the thin model could have been chosen to show how waist-less the design is, the ladder could be a symbol for the female ascent in society. I digress...

Diane von Furstenberg, in my opinion, is the epitome of class. It's everything that a woman should want to be: feminine, strong, free-spirited. This piece lacks one of the fundamental parts of a feminine look--the classic thin waist--or even a waist at all. The vibrant, warm colors maintain a certain warmth that comes with the word maternity, but the fire that a 21st Century woman will need. 

That fire and determination is greatly exemplified in the last pre-fall outfit of this photoset. The monochrome is unforgiving, strong, and mysterious. However, we get our femininity from that incredible deep neck, emphasizes the fact that women can be powerful and sexy. 

So, what does it all mean? What battle may women be gearing up to face this fall? There's no way to know for sure. What we do know is that within the first three days, Republicans have introduced five new anti-abortion laws that directly attack the woman's right to her own reproductive system. We're in for an eventful 2015. 

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